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Author cracks Aamir Khan code; gets uninterrupted session

Aamir Khan’s uneasy relationship with the publishing industry is well established. His mistrust of authors keen to tell his story their way, or probe into his personal life and ferret information about the aspects of his life he is not comfortable talking about – there are enough and more anecdotes from authors who have written about the star.

The most recent example being Christina Daniels’ book, I’ll Do It My Way, which was carefully positioned as a filmography rather than a biography, of the actor who refused to meet the author or help with any kind of inputs.

Aamir however has made an exception, we hear, upon the request of the man who is very special to him – Mansoor Khan. A book on the making of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak the film that was important for all those involved with it, is in the making. And the accidental filmmaker, writer and passionate economist who is a famous recluse helped author Gautam Chintamani crack the Aamir code.

The result, we are told, was an uninterrupted session with the elusive star, who came up with some fabulous insights and inputs. Did you know, for instance, that at the time of making QSQT, Mansoor was reluctant to tear himself away from his other pet project, the screenplay of Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander, because he was suffering from a writer’s block?

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Rakeysh Mehra’s next to have Anil Kapoor’s son opposite Shabana Azmi’s niece

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has found his Sahibaan for his love tale Mirza Sahibaan in Saiyami Kher, niece of talented actress Tanvi Azmi and granddaughter of yesteryear’s leading leady Usha Kiran. The director says Saiyami was not chosen for her illustrious acting lineage.

He chose her after months of intensive search and rigorous churning.

“We’ve selected Saiyami for her ability to project the delicacy, strength, turmoil and resolve of the character. Just like Harshvardhan (Kapoor), it didn’t matter where Saiyami came from. She had to prove herself capable of carrying off the character,” said Mehra.

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Salman Khan hangs from 40th floor of a building for Kick

In a daring stunt for his next release Kick, Salman Khan will be seen hanging from a Polish building’s 40th floor.

The film is currently being shot in Poland. In the sequence film’s hero is required to hang from 40th floor of the Palace of Culture and Science, the tallest building in the country.

And, Salman being a hero in real life too, chose to do the stunt without a body double sending the crew into tizzy.

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John Travolta, other Hollywood stars join Bollywood festivities in Tampa

Look who’s coming to Tampa.

Over the weekend, the International Indian Film Academy revealed via Twitter that Hollywood star John Travolta would attend the 2014 IIFA Awards.

“Come Face/Off with him @IIFA. #JohnTravolta is coming to IIFA Celebrations 2014 @VisitTampaBay,” IIFA Tweeted.

Travolta is best known for his roles in “Saturday Night Fever,” “Grease” and “Pulp Fiction.” He lives in Ocala.

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Deepika and Kareena compete for Madhur Bhandarkar’s next

Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone has proved her mettle and emerged the most sought-after leading lady in Bollywood after a having brillant year professionally in 2013.

Deepika is now a threat to actors who are years her senior and the first in line is none other than Kareena Kapoor Khan. Deepika has previously beaten Kareena in landing major films such as Ram Leela, Chennai Express and most recently Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Bajirao Mastani.

Director Madhur has apparently contacted both the ladies regarding the role, but is yet to take a call on his choice of the leading lady

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Sunny Leone’s sexy Baby doll act to be copied by Deepika Padukone?

Sunny Leone’s hit song Baby doll from Ragini MMS 2 seems to have inspired the makers of Happy New Year. We say so coz talented singer Kanika Kapoor who lent her voice to Sunny’s sexy number has now been roped in for Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone starrer as well. Yes, Kanika would be singing a song which will introduce Ms Padukone’s character. In fact, this track will feature at the very beginning of the film and we hear it will be shot in a grimy bar. Sounds interesting, hai na? While talking to a leading daily, a source said, “Both SRK and Farah were impressed with the way Baby Doll escalated the fortunes of Ekta’s horrex. However, instead of the Meet Brothers, Kanika will be collaborating with Dr Zeus this time.”

Considering that DP is playing a bar dancer in HNY, it would be fun to see her groove to an electrifying number. But will she raise the temperatures like Sunny Leone did in Baby doll? We hope she does coz this babe sure knows how to up the oomph quotient with her hot bod, no?

Confirming the news Kanika told a leading daily, “I can assure you that this song will be a bigger hit than Baby Doll. It’s something that has never been attempted before. People are bored with the same type of songs, they are looking for a change and this will be it!”

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IBNLive Movie Awards: Aamir Khan voted best actor, Deepika Padukone bags best actress, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ best film

Aamir Khan and Deepika Padukone topped an IBNLive cinema poll to be crowned the Best Actor and Actress of last year, clearly indicating that the veteran actors continue to be Bollywood trusted, main draw despite a host of talented new stars redefining cinema each day.

In response to an IBNLive poll we conducted earlier this year, we asked our audience to vote for Indian cinema’s top performers in several categories, including Best Film, Best Director and an entirely new and the increasingly relevant Best Independent Film.

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, which got 39.72% votes was adjudged the best film of the year 2013. Mehra brought ace athlete Milkha Singh’s life on the big screen in a mega spectacle of patriotism and entertainment. Farhan Akhtar proved his critics wrong by portraying a difficult role with panache. The biopic also won a National Award this year.

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Bombay Velvet’s Release Date NOT to Clash with P.K

Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet has now been confirmed for release on November the 28th, 2014. Previously there had been some conspiracy and confusion over the release date as the film had clashed with Rajkumar Hirani’s, P.K. Both films were reportedly to release on Christmas Day 2014, now neither film will be doing so as PK is set for the 19th of December 2014 – just under a week before the festive day.

Bombay Velvet stars Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma in the lead as well as the popular director/producer Karan Johar who will be playing a villainous character. The film is based on Princeton Historian Gyan Prakash’ Mumbai Fables and portrays how Mumbai became a metropolis.

P.K stars Aamir Khan in the lead. Khan has also co-written the screenplay and co-produced the film which has been stated to be a satire about God and God-men.

If the two very different films had clashed, would it really have influenced the sales and the audience?

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2 States: Why Alia Bhatt has more to her than the ‘Bhatt’ tag

One wouldn’t have thought much of Alia Bhatt’s acting prowess if one had judged her debut performance in the ostentatious college romance ‘Student Of The Year’ back in 2012. She played a rich brat who wore Prada and Gucci to a make believe college created by Karan Johar and who occasionally pouted when she was ignored by her on screen boyfriend played by Varun Dhawan.

While SOTY launched a fresh face in the film industry, many were quick to judge her another star kid trying to make a living out of acting. Many even scorned at the fact that “how young” she was and indulged in jokes about how Alia should be in school finishing her studies instead of becoming a heroine.

But in a short span of time, with three films neatly tucked under belt, Alia has managed to defy the stereotype and surprise all her critics with her sheer talent. In her second film, Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Highway’, Alia played a diametrically different role than her debut film. The character had complex layers to it and despite her age, Alia provided an extremely matured, restrained act. Due to the complexity of the character, it was easy to go over the top, but the young actress managed to stupefy her fans as well as cynics who scoffed at her and labeled her as another star-kid.

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Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan Celebrate 7 Years of Marriage

Bollywood couple Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan marked the seventh year of their formal union on 20 April.

The duo, who got hitched amidst much media buzz, tied the knot back in 2007.

It clearly was not a case of love at first sight, at least for the former Miss World. The pair first worked together in the commercial dud “Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke” (2000), when Aishwarya was understood to be with Salman Khan, while Abhishek was linked to Karisma Kapoor, who he got engaged to two years later.

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Of Amar-Prem and Crime master Gogo: 20 years of Andaz Apna Apna

You know you grew up in the Nineties if Amar-Prem brings back images of — not the classic on-screen romance of Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore but rather — the characters portrayed by Aamir Khan and Salman Khan in Andaz Apna Apna. It’s been 20 years since the release of the comedy that initially flopped in cinemas but became a perennial favourite after it was aired on television.

Here’s why we still love Andaz Apna Apna:
1 Because Aamir Khan as Amar and Salman Khan as Prem were hilarious. The duo timed their act perfectly whether it is the scene on the bus where they try to outdo each other with cooked-up tales of family splendour, or later while trying to woo Paresh Rawal, the father of their love interests.

2 Because it is the only movie that sees Aamir Khan share screen space with either of the other Khans, Salman and Shah Rukh. Yes, the title track of Bombay Talkies celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema does feature both Shah Rukh and Aamir, but that hardly counts.

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Irrfan demands Vishal Bhardwaj to remove him from ‘Haider’ posters

Irrfan Khan, known to be very strict with his script selection is now imposing new guidelines to his makers. For his upcoming film, ‘Haider’ where he has a cameo, Irrfan has made it clear to Vishal to not use his name or face on the poster and publicity material of the film.

Recently, Irrfan also had a word with Himesh Reshammiya and shared his concerns over the posters of ‘Xpose’. With just a cameo, he felt his name need not feature in the posters.

As for ‘Haider’, according to a friend of Vishal, this was discussed even before the film went on floors. “Irrfan and Vishal had this understanding regarding the poster of the film. Both agreed to the point that it misleads the audience if someone playing a cameo is featured upfront on the posters.”

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Shahid Kapoor in Vishal Bharadwaj’s ‘Maha Kaminey’

B-Town`s ace filmmaker Vishal Bharadwaj has reportedly decided to make a sequel of his 2009 hit `Kaminey` and that too with his current favourite actor Shahid Kapoor.

If sources are to be believed, Bhardwaj who is known for his kind of `dark` cinema is planning to start the work on the sequel titled `Maha Kaminey` only after `Haider` hits the screen.

It is rumored that Shahid is the first choice for `Maha Kaminey`, the story of which shall start from where the first part ended. The 2009 film had Priyanka Chopra in the lead opposite Sasha.

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Hope my role is not cut short in ‘Bombay Velvet’, says Karan Johar

Filmmaker Karan Johar, who is making his acting debut in Bombay Velvet’, says he had great time shooting for the film and hopes director Anurag Kashyap doesn’t chop his role. “I hope Anurag doesn’t cut my role… If that happens then this will be my last appearance for this film. Anurag never scolded at me it was nice working with him,” he said.

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‘Titli’ will put Indian cinema on global map: Guneet Monga

Kanu Behl’s “Titli”, which has been chosen for screening at the Un Certain Regard section of the 67th Cannes International Film Festival, is one of the “strongest” films capable of putting Indian cinema on the global map, says producer Guneet Monga.

“I am delighted with the news. Kanu has made ‘Titli’ into one of the strongest films out of India that will truly put India on the global map. I am glad to be a small part of a truly amazing journey for this outstanding film,” Monga told IANS.

Backed by Yash Raj Films (YRF) and produced by Dibakar Banerjee, “Titli” revolves around the volatile relationship between two brothers – one of whom runs away from home to escape his oppressive family but turns to a life of crime. The film stars Ranvir Shorey, Amit Sial and newcomer Shashank Arora.

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Nargis Fakhri: Firming up presence in Bollywood

For Nargis Fakhri, a model from America, her debut film Rockstar with Ranbir Kapoor turned out to be a hit, but sadly she was written off as an actress. But Fakhri for who Hindi was a barrier made a smart move by signing, Madras Cafe as her second film in which she had to play a UK returned journalist in which she did not have to speak too much of Hindi. “The character in Rockstar, was a girl from Kashmir and Imtiaz (Imtiaz Ali, the film’s director) thought I looked exactly like one. After we met he said that I was a bit crazy like the Heer of Rockstar. But everyone sees a film differently, and sees different things in a film. Some said I was horrible in Rockstar, while some said they loved me in it,” says Fakhri who had to wait for two years before Shoojit Sircar cast her as a London based journalist in Madras Cafe.

Ronnie Lahiri, producer of Madras Cafe says that if he had paid attention to what the media had written about her as an actress, they would never have cast her in the film. “But Shoojit and I decided to meet her and found that she had the poise for the character, Jaya Sahni, and immediately decided to cast her. That’s when we realised that it’s important that a film-maker meets an actress if he is keen on casting her and not rely on deprecating reports, as a meeting can change perspectives. Only we didn’t pressurise her to speak in Hindi in the film because if we had, she would have been unable to concentrate on her performance. It’s also important for the actor to feel comfortable in a role to be appreciated,” said Lahri.

Fakhri is indeed inching her way up, as her recently released film, Main Tera Hero is a big hit, bringing in accolades for the leggy lass. “The casting has to be proper. Sometimes you are lucky your character is just like you, sometimes you are noticed because the look is perfect, like the rich, spoilt Ayesha of Main Tera… was,” says the actress who has even landed a part in a Hollywood film.

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Bollywood awards are like ‘the Oscars on Steroids’

With all the talk about hotel bookings, ticket sales, and economic impact, the real reason behind the 15th annual Bollywood Oscars has taken a back seat so far.

Now, with the four-day international extravaganza scheduled to start Wednesday, it’s time for fun.

“This can be the memory of a lifetime,” said Sabbas Joseph, director with event sponsor, the International Indian Film Academy. “Tampa has never seen an event like this and may never see one like this again. It is quite remarkable. It combines celebrities, high action, great entertainment and the coming together of Hollywood and Bollywood. Enjoy it.”

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Plea to vote for ‘secular party’ splits Bollywood

An appeal by some members of the Hindi film industry, asking people to vote for a “secular party”, has left the fraternity divided. The appeal, an initiative by screenwriter Anjum Rajabali, has been signed by nearly 60 people, including filmmakers Vishal Bhardwaj, Imtiaz Ali, Zoya Akhtar and Kabir Khan.

Stating that the “need of the hour is to protect our country’s secular foundation”, the appeal says, “Undoubtedly, corruption and governance are important issues, but we will have to vigilantly work out ways of holding our government accountable… However, one thing is clear: India’s secular character is not negotiable… We appeal to you to vote for the secular party which is most likely to win in your constituency.”

While it does not name any party, Rajabali said, “It’s absolutely clear that we are referring to any party that does not have a secular approach, which means the right wing BJP and its allies.” He said a party that does not support cultural diversity and pluralism can pose a threat to artistic thought and expression.

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BO update: ’2 States’ storms the country!

Whenever a film features actor/s who recently achieved success with his/her previous release, the audience anticipation for their immediate film is immense. In the case of 2 STATES, the film features two of the most-talked-about stars, Arjun Kapoor [post the success of GUNDAY] and Alia Bhatt [after winning accolades for her performance in HIGHWAY]. Now add the brand Chetan Bhagat [the film is based on the well-received novel by the same name] — also credible names such as Karan Johar, Sajid Nadiadwala and UTV — and you are assured of a terrific start at the ticket window.

As expected, 2 STATES embarked on a superb note across multiplexes, while the start at several good properties in the mass belt was super-strong too. The Good Friday holiday has helped the film open to packed houses, with the youth thronging the cineplexes across the nation. The film is expected to have a strong Day 1, courtesy the above-mentioned factors. Also, since the reports are extremely positive and so are its reviews, a big, fat weekend total is on the cards.

While 2 STATES was off to a fantastic start, DEKH TAMASHA DEKH was ignored by the moviegoers, with the occupancy being very low.

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Amitabh Bachchan is rocking at 71, says son Abhishek Bachchan

Bollywood megastar has done it again with ‘Bhoothnath Returns‘. Big B’s latest venture has spelled success for the star at the age of 71, a feat not many of his colleagues can claim.

Big B’s son Abhishek Bachchan tweeted, “71 and still socking it outta the park!! #legend #BigB #BhootnathReturns #partytobantihai”

The political satire film has earned more than Rs. 25 crore within four days of its release. The film has received good reviews for the content and it presentation. The flm fraternity to has a good word to spread about the film.

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Manish Goswami to make a film on Guru Dutt’s life

Television producer Manish Goswami, who has produced shows like Parampara, Kittie Party and Sarrkar on small-screen, has now ventured into films. He has picked up the rights of a novel titled Bichde Sabhi Baari Baari, which is the Hindi version of a Bengali novel Binidra written by Bimal Mitra.

Ask Goswami about his decision to venture into films and he says, “I thought making a film on a subject like this is a great idea, because biopics are on the rise these days. Though, it won’t be a biopic on Guru Dutt’s life, it will just depict a chapter on the professional and personal turmoil in his life.” However, it will still be a while before things start rolling, since the producer has just acquired the rights, and the scripting is yet to begin.

Interestingly, Goswami’s cousin, legendary actor Manoj Kumar would be supervising the script. “Manojji is the script doctor on this because he’s personally seen these characters and will be able to give minute details. We should begin the scripting process next month,” he said. The director will only be brought on board once the script is ready. As far as the cast is concerned, Goswami said, “We will only be casting once the script is ready, and select actors depending upon the demands of the script.” The producer plans to take the film on floor by the end of this year.

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Gulzar selected for with Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Lyricist-film-maker Gulzar, best known for penning memorable hits like Tere bina zindagi se and Tujhse naaraaz nahi besides directing critically-acclaimed films like Aandhi and Mausam, is to be honoured with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Lyricist-film-maker Gulzar, best known for penning memorable hits like Tere bina zindagi se and Tujhse naaraaz nahi besides directing critically-acclaimed films like Aandhi and Mausam, is to be honoured with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest official recognition for film personalities in India.
The 79-year-old writer will be the 45th recipient of the award that comprises a Swarn Kamal (Golden Lotus), a cash prize of Rs.10 lakhs and a shawl.

“I am happy and honoured. It is national honor. It is a feeling of fulfillment of not one song, screenplay, but the total work one does. I feel blessed to get this honor. I am thankful to everyone for their love and support. I am thankful to the jury members. It is a way of respect which says your work is loved and you are on the right path,” said Gulzar who earlier got a break in Bimal Roy’s Bandini in 1956 as a lyricist and the song Mora gora ang lai le…, filmed on Nutan, became an instant hit.

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After Salman Khan, Ranveer Singh interested in Marathi films?

We hear the Gunday actor will be perfecting his Marathi but why this sudden urge to learn a new language? Is Ranveer keen on doing Marathi films just like Sallu miyaan? Read on to know.

Salman Khan is doing a cameo in actor-turned-producer Riteish Deshmukh’s second Marathi movie Lai Bhaari. In fact, the superstar will be speaking Marathi in the film. Sounds fun, hai na? But what’s even more interesting is that Ranveer Singh is now going the Salman Khan way. Well, he is going to learn Marathi but not for a Marathi film. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali wants Deepika Padukone’s alleged beau to not only master the new dialect but also get its accent right for his upcoming magnum opus Bajirao Mastani which also stars the former in lead. To make sure that SLB’s onscreen Bajirao gets everything correct, a trainer has been hired teach him Marathi. Bhansali always wants his actors to look convincing onscreen so we aren’t surprised hearing this piece of news.

On the other hand, Ms Padukone will be learning mujra for the film as SLB is going to choreograph two beautiful songs on this dusky beauty. Considering that Ranveer-Deepika nailed their roles perfectly in Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela, we are sure the two would be able to do the same for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani as well.

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